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Broad Agency Announcement No. 90-1: Magnetic Levitation Transportation System Technology Assessment

  • 01
  • Sep
  • 1990
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration
KEYWORDS: Railroad Technology, Economic Analysis, Environmental Impact
ABSTRACT: [From the Preface] Magnetically levitated (maglev) systems represent the latest evolution in high speed ground transportation, offering speeds that can exceed 134 m/s (300 mph) with the potential of low operating and maintenance costs, minimum environmental intrusions and freedom from dependence on petroleum based fuels. In December 1989 an interagency maglev coordinating committee was formed to coordinate maglev efforts within the Federal Government. Membership consists of the Departments of Transportation and Energy and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, together with other agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Commerce and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. This Federal "interagency team" is working together to assess the engineering, economic, and environmental feasibility of maglev in the U.S. and, if appropriate, to stimulate its development by the year 2000. This effort, known as the National Maglev Initiative, will rely heavily on an effective public-private partnership geared toward U.S. industry development of maglev technology.